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What about Pediatric PM&R?

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EddieMD

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What's the deal with Pediatric PM&R? It's tough to find a lot of info. This field seems interesting. I understand the training tracks to become a specialist (5yr combined PM&R/Pediatrics residency plus 1yr fellowship, or a traditional 4yr PM&R with a 2 year fellowship). But what's the practice like? Why are there so few of these specialists? Is it because general pediatricians and PTs can handle most children with long-term rehab needs?

Is the field heavily academic? Do you feel options are restricted for these specialists to practice with a large university hospital in a big city? I know there's a HUGE demand for most all pediatric specialists, is this true for PPM&R? How's the long term outlook? thanks for the insight.
 

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Why are there so few of these specialists? Is it because general pediatricians and PTs can handle most children with long-term rehab needs?

I dont know a ton about Peds Rehab, but I do know that this isnt the reason there are so few. Actually, general peds would not be comfortable handling this if anything. I would imagine the same for a PT who didnt work more closely with peds rehab.
 
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